TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - A lot can happen in just three minutes.
For the students of the Broadcasting and Film program at Centennial
College, that is exactly what they hope to prove with the Murphy Challenge, an
annual student film and storytelling contest that dares these aspiring
filmmakers to tell compelling narratives in a very, very short time frame.
The Murphy Challenge, newly re-named in honour of the recent passing of
faculty member Dennis Murphy, consists of student teams who come together for
72 hours with little more than imagination, passion and boundless creative
energy to write, direct, edit and produce original short fictional films.
"Dennis Murphy was one of the original creators of the film challenge,
and with his guidance and input, we started a project and event that was
designed to make students' experiences in the program a unique one," says
professor Chris Terry. Murphy, who taught at Centennial over the past two
years, was a well-known Canadian director and producer, in addition to being
an acclaimed crime writer.
Each team is provided with one camera, tripod and microphone to create
their film. As well, teams are given three "storytelling ingredients,"
including a specific location, character and prop to incorporate in their
three-minute projects. The teams will be evaluating each other based on a set
of production criteria.
Students will be eligible for generous prizes donated by industry
supporters, including Behind the Scenes of a Raptors Game with TSN Mobile,
donated by TSN; lunch and an onset private meeting with a Canadian director,
donated by William Crainor, Brown Entertainment; and a rental certificate
worth $700 donated by Production Services, among others.
The Broadcasting and Film program has been training new talent for more
than 35 years, earning an industry-wide reputation for outstanding graduates
who represent a large part of the film, TV, radio and online media landscape
in Canada. The Centre for Creative Communications at Centennial College offers
forward-thinking programs in art and design, advertising, journalism, public
relations, publishing and integrated media.
Date + time: Wednesday, January 21, 6:30-9 pm
Location: TV Studio, The Centre for Creative Communications
951 Carlaw Ave. at Mortimer (just west of Pape Ave.),
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